Capitol Hill

Mistaken identity, missing guitar lead to Capitol Hill assault

SEATTLE -- A 36-year-old man accused a stranger of stealing his guitar and then attacked him early Sunday in Capitol Hill after apparently forgetting what the man he actually lent his guitar to looked like, according to the Seattle Police Department.

Officers arrived at 11th Avenue and East Pike Street around 4:15 a.m. to find the "very agitated" suspect and his 26-year-old victim, who had cuts on his hands and legs and a patch of hair missing.

According to police, the victim told officers the suspect walked up to him on Broadway and demanded his guitar back. Not knowing what the suspect was talking about, the victim ran off.

The victim said the suspect chased him, knocked him over and pulled out a handful of his hair.

Despite the suspect's insistence he had asked the victim to hold onto his guitar, officers determined the suspect had in fact assaulted an innocent man, according to police.

The suspect was booked into King County Jail for investigation of assault and an out-of-state warrant.

An officer later came across a man playing a guitar in a parking lot a block away from the assault. The man told the officer he was waiting for the suspect to come back and get his guitar.